I have several Nalgene bottles, and I love them. With all of the recent hubbub about chemicals leaching out of the bottle, I figured I'd play it safe, and switch to a bottle made from another material. But, I didn't want to just throw out the bottles. I decided to convert a couple of them into small "yarntainers" to carry around some small projects.
They were very easy and quick to make (under 2 minutes each!), and I've included the tutorial, should you need it How-To:Materials:
Drill bit (I used a 3/8 ")
Short length of yarn
1. Put on your safety goggles in case of flying plastic bits.
2. Securely clamp the bottle in the vise (which I didn't do) or hold it securely with one hand (which I did do). If it isn't held in place, the bottle will spin around once the hole is drilled and if you aren't careful, it could fly off and hit something.
3. Screw the top onto the bottle tightly (this makes it safer for you because you can hold the bottle further from the drill, and it conveniently catches most of the little plastic bits).
4. Holding the drill as straight as possible, drill into the center of the lid (there is already a conveniently placed hole to help you get started).
5. Unscrew the lid and use the Exacto knife to trim away the excess plastic.
6. Run the short length of yarn through the opening to check for rough edges, trimming with the Exacto, if necessary.
And that's it!
It's nice to know that I can carry my crochet projects with me when I go hiking
The only drawback so far is that the opening to the bottle is on the small size, and it can be tough to squeeze the yarn through. A longer, skinnier skein works better than a shorter, rounder skein. I can easily fit in a partly used skein of Caron Simply Soft.
Now, I still have a few more bottles to use, but I don't need that many yarn containers. So, I'll be trying to come up with other ways to repurpose a Nalgene bottle... let me know if you have any ideas!